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Posts Tagged ‘walking’

Quick Feet Facts

Posted by terrepruitt on February 13, 2023

I have posted these feet facts before, but since I couldn’t easily find them because they are part of a larger post. I thought I would list them for quick reference:

—Feet are not just for standing and balancing, they help with shock absorption to keep the entire body from sensing the entire jolt as you move. A flexible foot is great with absorbing the impact.
—Each foot has a network of more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
—Each foot has 26 bones and 33 joints.
—With 52 bones (26 for each foot) it is about 1/4 of all the bones in the body (206).
—The largest bone in the foot is called the calcaneus (heel bone).
—There are over 7,000 nerved endings in each foot.
—The feet have 250,000 sweat glands so an active person can produce four to six ounces of perspiration a day.

As you may guess – from that previous post – I am a big believer in moving the feet. I believe they need to be strengthened and stretched. We do a lot of that in Nia, yoga, and of course stretch. I always remind my students of their “Homework”.

Have a great day!

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Nia Blue Belt Principle #4 and Nia 5 Stages

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI don’t know the Nia Blue Belt Principles by heart yet.  I think I should, but I don’t.  I will work on that.  I was doing my 30 minutes for the December 30 Minute Movement Challenge, while I was doing it I was wondering if I could get ready to go teach the Nia class tonight, make a salad, straighten up the room, and write a blog all in the 30 minutes I had left before I had to leave.  While I realized that was not possible I thought I could at least come up with a topic for my post.  I thought about posting the fourth principle of the Nia Blue Belt, but I couldn’t remember what it is.  At the end of my 30 minutes for the December 30 Minute Movement Challenge I did the Nia 5 Stages.   As I was doing the Nia 5 Stages I thought I could post about them, then I thought not because I would want to spend more time writing about that.  I decided to see what the Principle #4 is.  When I saw it, I had to laugh out loud.  Nia Blue Belt Principle #4 is Developmental Anatomy.  The tagline is Reaching Your Ideal.  I find this too funny.  The reason it is funny is that the Developmental Anatomy used as a tool to assist in reaching your ideal is the Nia 5 Stages.

The Nia 5 Stages are the stages we go through in development.  The stages are:  Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing, and Walking. In the womb we are embryonic, we move with comfort through fluid, we are safe, comfortable, and warm.  Once born most infants creep.  Creeping is not crawling, but it is getting us around, but not very efficiently.  At one point there is crawling.  We are much more mobile and active.  We see a lot more and often we go after it in this stage.  Then there is that stage where we “stand”.  The standing usually starts out with the help of something or someone.  While in life this stage for a child involves a lot of sitting . . . get wobbly and fall on their butt, it does not in the Nia 5 Stages.  The standing in the Nia 5 Stages is more of a low to the ground squat.  Then there is the stage of walking.  The Nia 5 Stages is actually a movement practice.  It is based on science.  It is a tool to help the body move more efficient.  As I previously stated, I would love to do a more in-depth post or even posts on it, I will do that at a later time.

What Nia did for the Nia Blue Belt Principle #4 was allow us to use this movement, the practice of the Nia 5 Stages as a tool to reach our ideals.  It is very interesting how Nia uses the body for this.  If you have a goal in mind, the idea is to think about it and go to the body to find out where you are in reaching it.  Again, to me, another brilliant connection made by Nia.  It really makes sense to find out where you are in the stage of reaching your goal so you can work on what you need to work on to complete it.  Are you in the embryonic stage of the goal?  Maybe just thinking about it?  Are you are far as the standing stage?  Doing the movement to find out really helps the entire process.  There is no triad for this principle as it uses the Nia 5 Stages pictographs.  If you are at the point of taking the Nia Blue Belt you would be familiar with the 5 stages and the pictures so they work as the symbols for Nia Blue Belt Principle #4.

So, it was funny to me that I was thinking about posting about principle #4, but couldn’t remember what is was.  Then I thought I would post about the Nia 5 Stages.  And it turns out they are very much connected.

Do you see how there could be stages of a goal?

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31 Days Of 30 Minutes In December 2012

Posted by terrepruitt on November 29, 2012

In two days it will be December 2012.  Wow!  The end of the year really seemed to go fast.  Like that last half of tank of gas.  🙂  This is the busy time of the year for many of us.  There are holiday obligations that might include work and family.  There is the weather you might be dealing with.  There is all of the days off.  There is a lot to deal with.  And two things often fall by the wayside during this season.  One is eating healthy.  With all of the holiday treats around and so much more of food in general, eating more than we might normally and eating differently that we might normally is too easy to do.  I say be aware.  Don’t graze at the party because it is there and you are not paying attention.  Don’t eat something that you normally wouldn’t just because “Tis the Season.”  The second thing that gets put away for the month sometimes is exercise or working out.  The month is so busy and it is so cold.  It is easier to bundle up and sit by the fire.  It is easier not to get out of bed early to get some movement in.  But let’s not allow that to happen.  Let’s make a pact with each other.  Let’s move for 30 minutes EVERY DAY in December.  My ideal is 30 consecutive minutes, and for you, personally, I would like to have the 30 minutes be consecutive minutes, but I am not going to be picky.  It can be 15 and 15 or 10, 10, 10.  Just get in 30 minutes.  It can be walking, dancing, lifting weights . . . .whatever, just make it MOVING.

Let’s start Saturday, December 1, 2012.  Let’s do a challenge, let’s make a pact.  Let’s check in here every day.  I will schedule a post for midnight Pacific Standard Time.   And you all (yes ALL OF YOU!) can just post a quick, “I did my 30!”  If you want to tell us WHAT you did great?  But let’s just keep moving throughout the entire month.  Let’s be a team.  A support group.  Let’s not let our exercise and workouts and just moving fall down the cracks because it is “that time of year.”  Yes, we are all busy, but this is really important.  You know exercise actually helps relieve stress yet it is usually one of the first things to get crossed of the schedule where there are a lot of things to do.  Let’s not do that this year.  Let’s ban together and keep moving.

Two of my regularly scheduled San Jose Nia classes are on Monday and Wednesdays.  So we will be doing Nia on Monday, December 24, 2012, Christmas Eve and Wednesday, December 26, 2012, the day after Christmas.  AND there is Nia on Monday, December 31, 2012, New Year’s Eve and Wednesday, January 2, 2013!  PLUS I just agreed to teach Nia as a substitute class on Mondays AND Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  So I am keeping my regular Nia Class schedule during the Holidays and have added more, so we can keep on dancing.  Be sure to check my website for all the dates I will be teaching because when I teach for they City there are center closures.  For instance, my Tuesday Nia class is with the City and they are closed on Christmas Day so I won’t be having that class.  Do whatever it is you like to do.  Do it for 30 minutes.  Every day!

What do you say?  Who is in?

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